Resources For Your Child
An online resource for young people thinking about graduate school, as well as information on being LGBTQ in the workforce.
Founded in 2009, Camp Aranu-tiq is a fun and safe summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth who want to be around kids like them. In addition to summer camps, Camp Aranu'tiq offers weekend family get aways and leadership programs for teens.
An LGBTQ youth organization founded by the authors of this book that provides online advice, videos, and resources, and offers an ongoing presence at high schools and universities.
A collection of online videos described as “true stories from gay people all over.”
An organization and online movement that communicates to LGBTQ youth, through shared personal videos, that it gets better, and works to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
The Laurel Foundation provides educational programming and support for trans and gender nonconforming youth, as well as young people with HIV/AIDS.
An online resource that connects LGBTQ students to different scholarships available to them in pursuit of various types of higher education.
A list of scholarships for LGBTQ students at the graduate and PhD level in a variety of subjects, including law, mathematics, business, and social work.
Side by Side 888-644-4390
Side by Side (located in Richmond, Virginia) is a youth community space that offers support groups, drop-in hours, and other programming for LGBTQ youth. For those not in Virginia, they also offer a youth support line at 888-644-4390.
Located in Massachusetts, this mentor program pairs adults with kids aged 7 and older whose lives have been impacted by the foster system. Their mentor relationships last about 5 years which is six times longer than the average mentor/mentee relationship.
Queer Kid Stuff is an educational YouTube series that explains LGBTQIA identities and issues to young children and their parents. Plus, every episode comes with a printable activity sheet!
Youth Guardian Services 877-270-5152
A youth-run nonprofit whose main service is Youth Talk Lines: group e-mail lists that connect LGBTQ and straight supportive youth to talk with each other about anything in a safe space.
Books for Young Children & Teens
For Young Children
A Is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara. New York: Triangle Square, 2013.
A rhythmic book that explains activism from A to Z!
And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, unsuccessfully try to start a family until they are given an egg by a zoo- keeper and thus hatch their own daughter.
The Family Book, by Todd Parr. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010. All sorts of families are depicted in this book, including ones that can have two moms or two dads.
The Harvey Milk Story, by Kari Krakow. Pennsylvania: Two Lives Publishing, 2002. A picture book biography of important gay-rights figure Harvey Milk.
The Princes and the Treasure, by Jeffrey Miles. Handsome Prince Publishing, 2014. A children's picture book that tells the story of two handsome princes who go on a quest to save a princess, but fall in love with each other, get married, and live happily ever after.
My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kilodavis. New York: Aladdin, 2011. A story about a little boy named Dyson, who loves pink, sparkly things, and wears dresses as well as jeans.
Stella Brings the Family, by Miriam B. Schiffer. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015. A children's book about a little girl with two daddies who is worried about her class's upcoming Mother's Day party, until her friends suggest she bring her whole family to the party.
George, by Alex Gino. New York: Scholastic Press, 2015. A beautiful story about George, a transgender girl who teams up with her classmate to show her entire class—and the world—who she really is for the first time.
What Makes a Baby, by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2013. A revolutionary book to answer the question, "Where do babies come from?" that is modern and inclusive of all kinds of families and all kinds of kids.
Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and YOU, by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2015. From the same folks that created What Makes a Baby, this is a groundbreaking book that tackles sex education for young children in an accessible way that is also inclusive of trans, queer, and intersex identities, as well as different races, abilities, and so much more.
The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities, edited by David Levithan and Billy Merrell. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006. Written by a variety of LGBTQ teens and young adults, this anthology of narratives and stories describes many of the possible experiences of growing up as an LGBTQ person.
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens, by Kelly Huegel. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, rev. ed., 2011. Frank information and advice for teens who are questioning their sexuality or have already come out. Topics include coming out, getting support, and the current LGBTQ rights movement.
Lily and Dunkin,by Donna Gephart. New York: Random House Children's Books, 2016. A fictional story about the friendship between Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy struggling with Bipolar Disorder.
Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, by Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke. San Francisco: Zest Books, 2011. A comprehensive guide for LGBTQ teens about issues ranging from coming out to relationships to sex, written by two well-known Queer authors.